Berkhamsted - Round Two 2014

Saturday saw an exciting second round of Arena League at the Inspire Luton with Berkhamsted contributing enormously to that excitement. For the first 10 races the club sat in a lofty 2nd position behind previously all conquering Hillingdon before an injury to a swimmer and 4 unfortunate disqualifications saw the team slip to 4th on the night at the finish.
15 year old Jordan Northwood led off with yet another pb in the 200 IM, a swim which led to his award of the club’s male swimmer of the night, posting 2.18.03.
The female swimmer of the night went to Eli MacDonald who just keeps improving every time out and set pbs in her 100 Fly, 100 Breast and finished with the anchor 50 free leg for the Open relay, clocking 28.85 for a great night’s efforts.

James Chennells is 13 and goes from strength to strength. He shocked the Hillingdon team in the 100 Fly leading from the off and clocking an impressive 1.12.95before improving his 100 Free (3rd) and 50 free when leading off the U14 Free relay team when he went sub 30 for the first time from a standing start.

The club won 2 other races on the night with Mason Brand showing his class to romp home first in the U14 100m Backstroke and Louis Armitage taking the U12 50 Breast just 0.01 seconds outside his pb.

There were 12 individual club records set on the night from: Izzie Soulsby (11 years 50 Fly); Jess Potts (14 years 50 Free, sub 30 for the first time & 100 Back); MacDonald (16 years 100 Breast & Fly); Chris Nel (14 years 100 Back); Northwood (15 years 50 Free, 100 Fly as well as the 200 IM); Harry Ormerod (16 years 100 Free) and returning ex-club captain, Tommy Sheldrick who surprised even himself with a comeback swim of 1.01.89 in the Open 100 Fly for 4th place.

In addition the boys relay squads set 3 new records. The U16s (Nel, Northwood, Ollie Hurst and Jamie Hoyes lowered their own age group and open medley relay best before the Open squad of Tom Strakosch, Jack Filer, Sheldrick and Ormerod obliterated the old time by nearly 4 seconds to go 1.56.58.

The final relay best was set by the men in the Open 300 free relay, the final event of the night when Nel, Sheldrick, Northwood, Hoyes, Filer and Ormerod came home 4th in 2.39.94.
There were second places for the U14 medley teams (Girls: Charlotte Watson, Abbie Hurst, Amy Stoker & Amy Pemberton – Boys: Zac Patel, Brand, Ish Rahim & Chennells); U16 Boys Free (Nel, Hurst, Hoyes & Northwood), Abbie Hurst & Brand (U14 100 Breast), Watson (U14 100 Back), Ellen Northwood (U14 100 Fly), Amy Pemberton (U14 100 Free). The U16 boys squad also took 2nd in their Medley relay as well.

Other pbs went to Amelie Baker (34.00 lead off 50 Free leg in the U12 relay) and Hazza Horwood-Jones, showing renewed speed and enthusiasm clocking 37.54 for her lead off 50 Back in the U16 Medley relay.

The rest of the buoyant squad comprised: Eli Matthews, Izzie Painter, Marley Maidment, James Corner, George Thorne, Amy Chennells, Abbie Brown, Charlie Stevens, Jenny Atwill.

With 1 round to go the team currently lie 10th in London League second tier and hope to be able to possibly win the final round and lever themselves to 9th overall.
Meanwhile, on the Sunday, peter Lever travelled to the Barnet Middle Distance meet and swam both the 400 IM (just outside 6 minutes but a pb) and the 400 Free where he managed a massive 25 second pb clocking 4.58.01, under 5 minutes for the first time.